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The Dawson Motel

16 Dawson Street Cbd, New Plymouth 4310 New Zealand
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
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Updated 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 29 hotels in New Plymouth
Travellers' Choice
Centrally located in New Plymouth The Dawson Motel opened in January 2011 providing affordable luxury for our guests.Whether visiting New Plymouth for business or pleasure , The Dawson Motel is the ideal destination for those seeking comfort and superior service.Guests can enjoy stylish interiors in our 23 suites with 19 studios with a number interconnecting to give greater flexibility, two one bedroom and two two bedroom suites.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Children's television networks
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Taxi service
Non-smoking hotel
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Ironing service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Whirlpool bathtub
Interconnected rooms available
Seating area
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Lynda B wrote a review Jul 2021
Wellington, New Zealand1052 contributions92 helpful votes
On a recent North Island road trip we decided to include New Plymouth for a night. We hadn’t been there for a long time. We looked through TripAdvisor and decided on The Dawson Motel. We arrived at 3.30pm and were greeted warmly by the gentleman at reception. We got a park right outside our unit, unit 6 on the ground floor. It was a lovely unit, very spacious. It was a studio unit with a king sized bed. It was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. We walked to the Hong Kong Fast Food takeaways, located at the back of the motel, to get dinner. I can’t find it on TripAdvisor to give a good review, but would recommend it if you’re staying at The Dawson. Hubby had fish and chips and I had sweet and sour pork, which was one of the nicest I’ve had in ages. Would definitely stay here again next time we’re in New Plymouth, and highly recommend it. Nice units, easy parking in a big area, and very friendly and personable staff.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from Warren Climo, Owner at The Dawson Motel
Responded 29 Jul 2021
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Safe travels
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helen K wrote a review Jul 2021
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My stay at the Dawson was mid week and I was so impressed with the quality, cleanliness and location of this motel. Service was fantastic and the room was warm, the bed was great and the area was quiet. Thanks Warren & Carol for such a great stay, your motel matched New Plymouths beautiful city and fabulous mountain.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Trip type: Travelled on business
Response from Warren Climo, Owner at The Dawson Motel
Responded 26 Jul 2021
Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and got to see what Taranaki has to offer.
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muzzanz wrote a review Jul 2021
Marton, New Zealand72 contributions13 helpful votes
I unexpectedly needed a motel so a quick search for one near the water and a reasonable price brought up the Dawson. A quick phone call secured the room and check in was a breeze. The water front only a short walk away. I was in unit 12, upper floor and a view of the sea. Lovely spotless room and I would certainly stay again.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Was booked out so check first.
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Response from Warren Climo, Owner at The Dawson Motel
Responded 13 Jul 2021
Thank you for your very positive review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and got to enjoy the water front walk. Safe travels
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mlb209 wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand35 contributions30 helpful votes
I booked this motel for a mid-winter weekend away with my mum and daughter and couldn't have been happier. The family unit that I had hoped to book had already been booked up but the lovely people at Dawson Motel came up with a great alternative solution. We ended up with adjoining rooms on the upper level - perfect! The rooms themselves are very spacious (far more spacious than any motel I have ever stayed in) and extremely well appointed. They've been very nicely renovated and decorated, so are cosy, warm and welcoming - perfect for a very wintery, stormy weekend. Beds were super-comfortable, and the whole place was absolutely spotless. Location was fantastic too - a short walk to town and easy access to anywhere else and the owners were friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Adjoning rooms were a good option when the family rooms were already booked out.
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Latimers wrote a review May 2021
Auckland, New Zealand68 contributions12 helpful votes
Very clean and well serviced motel with good amenities. Walking distance to the central city and to the coastal walkway. Nice warm spacious rooms. Friendly and helpful hosts. A little on the expensive side.
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Date of stay: May 2021
US$93 - US$108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandNorth IslandTaranaki RegionNew Plymouth
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Dawson Motel
Which popular attractions are close to The Dawson Motel?
Nearby attractions include New Plymouth Coastal Walkway (0.3 km), Puke Ariki (0.4 km), and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Dawson Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at The Dawson Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Dawson Motel?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Dawson Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Dawson Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Salt Restaurant, Koi Spice Craft & Whisky, and Monica's Eatery.
Does The Dawson Motel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Dawson Motel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Dawson Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of New Plymouth.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Dawson Motel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to The Dawson Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Hurworth Cottage (8.0 km).
Is The Dawson Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.